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Adair P. Chapman Jr.

March 7, 1921 - July 12, 2013
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Adair Pinckney Chapman, Jr., while surrounded by the love of his family, passed gently into glory on July 12, 2013 at Manchester Place Residential Care Home, Dallas, Texas. He had suffered from deteriorating health over the last two years and at 92 years, 4 months, 5 days, was the longest lived Chapman according to family records. A private burial is scheduled at Sparkman/Hillcrest Cemetery, 7405 W. Northwest Hwy, Dallas, Texas. Adair is survived by Nancy Ruth Mullaney, his beloved wife of seventy-two years, his daughter, Jan Chapman-Green and her husband W. Joe Green, all of Dallas, one son, Larry Lynn Chapman and his wife, Sharon,...
Adair Pinckney Chapman, Jr., while surrounded by the love of his family, passed gently into glory on July 12, 2013 at Manchester Place Residential Care Home, Dallas, Texas. He had suffered from deteriorating health over the last two years and at 92 years, 4 months, 5 days, was the longest lived Chapman according to family records. A private burial is scheduled at Sparkman/Hillcrest Cemetery, 7405 W. Northwest Hwy, Dallas, Texas.

Adair is survived by Nancy Ruth Mullaney, his beloved wife of seventy-two years, his daughter, Jan Chapman-Green and her husband W. Joe Green, all of Dallas, one son, Larry Lynn Chapman and his wife, Sharon, of Aledo and two adored granddaughters, Lauren Chapman Noland and her husband John of Weatherford and Kristen Chapman Stewart and her husband Jeremy of Granbury. His first son, Adair Pinckney Chapman III (Buzzy), predeceased him on July 12, 1952.

Of Adair's four siblings, two brothers survive: Forrest Chapman of Georgia and Charles Arlin Chapman of Florida. He was predeceased by a brother, Loren Curtis Chapman and a sister, Mildred Ary. Many beloved nieces and nephews still reside mainly in Georgia.

Adair was born in Berlin, Georgia on March 7, 1921 to Julia Elizabeth Butler and her husband, Adair Pinckney Chapman, Sr. The son of a preacher/tobacco farmer, he left the family farm in south Georgia and attended Harding College in Searcy, Arkansas. It was there that he was baptized into Christ. Encouraged into the ministry by his new bride, Nancy, Adair made his first "little pulpit talk" in 1940. Following graduation and needing employment, he took the job as superintendent of the Knobel school district in Arkansas. At age 21 he was the youngest superintendent in the state. He continued his studies as time allowed at Arkansas State College, University of Kansas City and at University of Georgia.

In 1943 he entered full time ministry where he served in the mission areas of Paducah, Kentucky and Athens, Georgia and the following established Churches of Christ: Kensington Park, Kansas City, Kansas; Highland Park, Dallas Texas; Proctor Street, Port Arthur, Texas; and Garland Road (now Highland Oaks), Dallas, Texas. Additional ministry outreach efforts included radio and television programs.

In 1980, he began to devote his full commitment to reaching the lost, hurt and forgotten people who were not being served by established churches. He created a charitable organization which is known today as First Century Way of the Cross Ministry and was instrumental in the planting or strengthening of many rural churches across the South and Midwest. In 2005 when hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf coast and at age 84, he traveled alone to Louisiana, navigating washed out roads, lack of food and lodging, and roving street gangs in order to assess the needs of individual Churches of Christ and their members to organize assistance. He created one of the first prison ministries in our nation including the largest tape ministry at that time which touched lives across the U.S. and into Africa and the Fiji Islands. Through the First Century Way of the Cross ministry, Watson Memorial Nursing Home in Fort Worth, Texas was purchased with a special concern for the needs of old ministers. Responsibility for Watson Nursing Home has been given to his son, Larry.

A Celebration of Life will be held on July 24, 2013 at Highland Oaks Church of Christ, 10805 Walnut Hill Lane at 2:00 PM. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to further the inner-city mission work of Main Street Church of Christ (formerly Peak and East Side Church of Christ), 4300 Main Street, Dallas, Texas 75226.

"I remember our wedding December 27.1951. Jan was our little flower girl,You helped to get every one down the isle in order and Adair did a beautiful..." Ann Neal (Dallas, TX)

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